Games platform Roblox has 115m players and $150m of new funding
Roblox is often described in shorthand as ‘the YouTube of games’ – signifying that it’s not just a game, but rather a platform where people can create and share their own games, and play those made by the rest of...
February 27, 2020
Harmonix reveals its latest music game: DJ-focused Fuser
Music-games publisher Harmonix has taken the wrappers off its next title. Fuser will be a console and PC game focused on DJing, due for release later in the year. According to the announcement, Fuser “will allow players...
February 27, 2020
More than 100 VR games may now be million-dollar earners
Virtual reality, eh? What a flop. Headset sales have been sluggish (and falling), and none of the various music-focused VR startups are making much money. Boo to all that. But wait a minute: some people are making decent...
February 26, 2020
Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ is now a Fortnite emote
We confess to smiling at a YouTube video published from the official Fortnite channel (then shared on socials) titled ‘Watch How This Bear Made The Unlikeliest Of Friends’. The video is a rickroll: anyone clicking through...
February 17, 2020
Fortnite boss sees ‘free stuff in games’ as future of ads
It’s a bit reductive to call Tim Sweeney just the ‘Fortnite boss’ – his company Epic Games has a big business outside that game too, from the Unreal Engine development platform to game series like Gears...
February 13, 2020
The most lucrative mobile game of 2019 is part of Sony Music
Earlier this month, a report by app-analytics firm App Annie offered its estimates for (among other things) the most lucrative mobile games of 2019, based on consumer spending. Top of the list was a game called Fate/Grand...
January 27, 2020
Epic Games launches TikTok contest to find next Fortnite emote
The streams of the two biggest current digital youth-trends are crossing this month, as the publisher of Fortnite launched a dance contest on TikTok. The #EmoteRoyaleContest will be catnip for Fortnite’s tween’n’teen...
January 22, 2020
Report suggests Bytedance set for big push into mobile games
Fresh from test-launching its Resso music-streaming service, Bytedance is set to expand into another sector that will bring it into direct competition with fellow Chinese firm Tencent. That sector is mobile gaming, which...
January 20, 2020
Epic Games launches ‘Icon Series’ of celebrity Fortnite skins
It’s nearly a year since Marshmello played a concert to more than 10 million people within the game Fortnite. Alongside that, he got his own ‘skin’ for the game – an accurately bucket-headed virtual version of...
January 16, 2020
Report: games industry revenue grew to $120.1bn in 2019
We’ll have to wait a few months for the official IFPI figures on the global recorded-music market’s growth in 2019. However, for the games world, Nielsen subsidiary SuperData has issued its early estimates for global...
January 3, 2020
No Man’s Sky game gets its own music creation tool
Console and PC game No Man’s Sky has been interesting musically ever since its launch in 2016, because of its procedurally-generated soundtrack produced in collaboration with the band 65daysofstatic. Now, as part of the...
December 17, 2019
Artist Danny Brown to host a Grand Theft Auto V radio station
The game Grand Theft Auto V was released in September 2013, but six years on it’s still going strong, having sold more than 115m copies across various consoles, and with a popular online mode extending its lifespan. It’s...
December 11, 2019